The bug is triggered by sending an Indian language (Telugu) character to devices, which first causes Apple's iOS Springboard - the standard application that manages the iOS home screen - to crash after the message has been received. The only way you can fix the freezing loop is to ask somebody to send you another message and try to delete the thread that includes the Indian letter.
Other popular messaging apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Outlook for iOS, and Gmail, are also cut off.
Telegram and Skype do not appear to be affected and the issue couldn't be recreated in the public beta versions of iOS 11.3. The iOS bug also affects built-in Messages app on macOS and the Apple Watch, as well as the App Store and Safari.
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While it may seem unusual that a random text character could bring down one of the most popular operating systems in the world, this is actually not the first weird crashing issue to hit iOS. The app the message was sent to also shuts down and fails every time you try to open it. This isn't the first time a bug like this has been discovered on Apple's software - in fact, we have a new "iPhone-crashing bug" nearly every year.
While many bugs are relatively benign, often getting patched before the user knows anything is wrong, the latest plague to hit Apple devices is already wreaking havoc on internet. The problems start after a user receives a message containing a specific Unicode symbol from Telugu, a language spoken by more than 74 million people in central India. Apple in the past has faced a lot of software issues and iOS crashing due to several links, videos, and characters. You just need to go to the trouble of installing iOS beta 11.3, which addresses the problem, along with all current betas of macOS, tvOS, and watchOS.
Given how quickly Apple releases software updates, it's likely that the company will push out some sort of update that fixes the bug soon.